Office of Student Life

Recreational Sports

September 2020 Member Update

September 16, 2020

Facility Access Waiver

New this semester, all members must sign the Facility Access Waiver before visiting or using Student Life Recreational Sports facilities. Members can complete this waiver virtually by logging into their member portal. You only need to sign once, not every visit.

Tips for logging in:
Current students, faculty or staff members click on “OSU Name.#” and log in using your university credentials.

Alumni, retirees or any other affiliate members that do NOT have current Ohio State credentials, please log in by clicking on “LOCAL” using the email and password you created.

If you have forgotten your password, please contact the RPAC Welcome Center at 614-292-7671 for assistance.

If you do not have an online account, please click “SIGN UP” from the login screen to create your online profile. Any questions can be directed to or 614-292-7671.


Keep moving with Rec Sports Fitness Programs!

Work out from the comfort of your space with our virtual fitness offerings! Whether you are new to working out or looking for accountability in your fitness routine, we have a variety of fitness programs designed to keep you living a life in motion no matter where you are. Register for a Group Fitness LIVE class, try Virtual Personal Training or even schedule a private virtual workout for your friends via Fitness in Motion.

In-person Personal Training and fitness assessments are also available this semester! Learn more about these services here, as well as how our trainers are working to keep you safe and healthy while on campus.

Visit us online for more information about all of our programs and services or follow us on social media for weekly workout plans, daily challenges and more!


Check facility capacity online before you visit

Trying to decide the best time to head to the gym? Capacity levels are updated each hour by staff, and can help you determine the best time for you to get your workout in. Click on the facility to view current capacity levels by area. We look forward to seeing you at our open facilities, currently the RPACJOSOACARC and NRC

Please follow our safe and healthy guidelines and protocols

Face Mask Required
All members are required to wear a face mask in common spaces.

Members must wear a mask until beginning strenuous activity or swimming and masks must be replaced immediately after.

A mask must be worn during activities including but not limited to: climbing, bouldering, weight lifting (including spotters), walking and pickleball.

Physical Distancing
Please keep six feet between you and other members.

Wash Your Hands
Hand washing should take place often, including pre and post workout.

Restrooms and hand sanitizer are available throughout the facility.


Swim Reservation Changes

Based on recent pool usage and feedback, we have moved to a traditional drop-in swimming structure for lap swimming. Heavy use times will be managed through a line queue system much like is done in other parts of our recreation facilities (i.e. weight floor, cardio floor, etc.)

Here is what you will need to know so that you may have the best experience in the drop-in structure:

1. Specific pool hours will be available on the Rec Sports website.

2. The website shows real-time participation and capacity levels to help you gauge how busy the pools are at any given time.

3. Established distancing protocols will remain in effect – masks are required until pool entry and maximum occupancy is one swimmer per lane in the Class and Lap Pools; and two per lane, but distanced, in the competition pool.

4. If all lanes are full, you will be directed to the queue to wait for the next available lane.

5. The length of your swim is up to you. End times are not pre-defined (except at closing). We do ask that if there is a line of swimmers waiting for a lane that you exit the pool as quickly as possible post workout.

6. Upon your exit, we ask that you clean your own chair with the wipes provided and continue to place any equipment that you borrowed in the used/dirty equipment bin for our staff to disinfect.


OAC Updates  

Indoor Climbing is available by reservation for any current member, read more details here and find links to sign up for a time.


Buckeye Bike Hub is Open!

The Buckeye Bike Hub features a bike maintenance center, a tool and DIY space and a retail area for purchasing bike locks and bicycle parts and supplies. The hub is located on the Northwest corner of the RPAC (near the sand volleyball courts). Click here for our current hours.


Be patient for refunds

If you have requested a refund on your membership, we are working as quickly as possible to process each request. Due to the volume of refund requests at this time we are estimating four to six weeks for payment to hit your bank account.


Locker Rentals at RPAC

If you had an active locker rental when we closed in March, then you have received a locker extension which you can see by logging into your member portal at If you have any questions on your locker, please email us


If you have had COVID-19 it is important to know:

Coronavirus may cause heart muscle inflammation called myocarditis.

Vigorous exercise with myocarditis can increase risk for heart rhythm problems.

Once viral symptoms resolve, it is important to slowly increase the intensity of your exercise being aware of any heart symptoms.

If you have heart symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, abnormal heartbeats, near passing out or passing out, please seek medical help.